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SwissGear 7208 Expandable Liteweight Spinner Review

SwissGear's 7208 20" Expandable Liteweight Spinner is an affordable bag that gets the job done well.
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Price:  $119 List
Pros:  Affordable, expandable zipper, light weight
Cons:  No great place to fold in business wear without creases, small wheels perform poorly over uneven surfaces
Manufacturer:   SwissGear
By Miranda Oakley  ⋅  Jul 3, 2018
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RANKED
#5 of 11
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 8
  • Storage - 25% 7
  • Features - 20% 8
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 9
  • Style - 10% 7

The Skinny

At $119 the 7208 20" Expandable Liteweight Carry-On Spinner Luggage from SwissGear is an excellent choice for the infrequent traveler on a tight budget. Its four 360 degree spinning wheels handle the tight spaces in airports, train stations and airplanes with ease. At 6.11 pounds, this bag is easy to carry and lift into overhead bins. Its expandable zipper allows extra space for souvenirs on the way home. The 7208 Spinner also comes with a removable plastic toiletry bag to help keep items organized and to provide easy access to liquids during TSA checks. It may not be the best choice for frequent travelers who put their gear through the wringer, but at $119 it will get the job done without breaking the bank.

If you're looking for a bag that you can knock around, knowing that it will last, check out our Editors' Choice bag, the Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD. This bag can do almost anything, but its abilities are reflected in its higher price.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The 7208 Liteweight Spinner measures 20" x 13.5" x 10.5" and weighs 6.11 pounds. It is made with Durable Dobby Weave Polyester, has two exterior and two interior pockets. Its four 360-degree spinning wheels are great for maneuvering through tight airport terminals and airport shuttles.

Performance Comparison


The 7208 Spinner is affordable and highly functional.
The 7208 Spinner is affordable and highly functional.

Ease of Transport


We love the Liteweight Spinner on pavement and polished floors. It has four 360 degree spinning wheels that allow you to push the bag in front, pull it behind, and make sharp turns in tight spaces. The ease of maneuverability makes this bag ideal for airplanes and airport shuttles.

The bag's lightweight also makes it a pleasure to wheel around. This is partially due to its small and lightweight wheels. These are less than ideal on varied or uneven terrain, however. We found a lot of resistance when attempting to roll the bag over dirt and gravel.

The 7208 Spinner is less than ideal for uneven terrain.
The 7208 Spinner is less than ideal for uneven terrain.

Storage


The SwissGear Liteweight Spinner is spacious and easy to pack for our long winter weekend test, which includes two pairs of pants, sweaters, shirts, running shoes, work clothes, undergarments, a laptop, a large novel, and toiletries. It also has an expandable zipper for packing in an extra puffy jacket or souvenirs.

It's also an easy bag to organize. Compression straps keep clothes in place when opening the bag. It comes with a removable plastic toiletry bag, an exterior laptop pocket, and a smaller exterior wallet or passport pocket, keeping time in the TSA security line to a minimum. Although the Liteweight Spinner does have an interior mesh zipper pocket, there is no ideal space to keep business attire wrinkle free.

The 7208 Spinner has two exterior pockets for easy access to laptops and passports.
The 7208 Spinner has two exterior pockets for easy access to laptops and passports.

Features


The simple design of the Liteweight Spinner has fewer features than many of its competitors. The most distinguishing attributes of this piece are its removable plastic toiletry bag and its expandable zipper. The bag also comes with a lockable main compartment zipper.

The 7208 Spinner comes with a removable plastic toiletry bag for quick TSA security checks.
The 7208 Spinner comes with a removable plastic toiletry bag for quick TSA security checks.

Durability


The Liteweight Spinner is made with Durable Dobby Weave Polyester. Its fixed handles are well stitched and the corners of the bag are reinforced with plastic lining. The lightweight spinning wheels showed signs of wear and tear after testing over one mile of varied terrain but overall they performed better than expected. The bag balances durability with a lightweight design. Wheel durability seemed to be sacrificed in order to keep the bag ultralight.

Smaller plastic wheels help keep the 7208 Spinner bag under seven pounds.
Smaller plastic wheels help keep the 7208 Spinner bag under seven pounds.

Weight


At 6.11 pounds the Liteweight Spinner is one of the lightest bags we reviewed. This lightweight design makes it easier to carry the fully loaded bag over stairs and lift into overhead compartments.

Wenger SwissGear Neo Lite Expandable is perfect for the occasional business trip for an infrequent traveler.
Wenger SwissGear Neo Lite Expandable is perfect for the occasional business trip for an infrequent traveler.

Style


This bag is not particularly sleek or fashion forward. However, it has a clean-cut and simple design that is appropriate for business trips and travel adventures alike. Although it is one of the most affordable bags we reviewed, its low price point is not reflected in its high-quality appearance.

The 7208 Spinner is suitable for business or more adventurous travel.
The 7208 Spinner is suitable for business or more adventurous travel.

Best Applications


This bag is ideal for the infrequent traveler who needs an affordable bag for occasional long weekend getaways and informal business trips. It performs best on hard, even surfaces through tight and narrow spaces, making it ideal for airport and bus travel but not great for adventure travel over uneven terrain.

This SwissGear bag won't break the bank if you're traveling on a budget.
This SwissGear bag won't break the bank if you're traveling on a budget.

Value


The older generation SwissGear carry-on, the Swissgear Meyrin 20 won our Best Buy award with a total score of 73 and the price listed as $120. The Liteweight Spinner is our new Best Buy award winner with an overall score of 76.5 and at the same listed price of $120. However, shopping around you can find the Spinner for as low as $99 making it an even better deal for a relatively high scoring bag.

The SwissGear 7208 Spinner has four 360-degree spinning wheels that do great maneuvering through tight spaces on airport shuttles.
The SwissGear 7208 Spinner has four 360-degree spinning wheels that do great maneuvering through tight spaces on airport shuttles.

Conclusion


The SwissGear Liteweight Spinner is the perfect piece for the light-duty traveler who wants a quality bag for a competitive price. With smaller and lighter plastic wheels, you may find yourself wanting to carry the bag over uneven terrain or stairs to make the bag last longer. This can be cumbersome, but for such a low price, many travelers may find it's worth it.

Other Versions


The Lightweight Spinner also comes in two larger versions, 24" and 29", with the following dimensions:
  • 24": 24.5" x 17" x 8"
  • 29": 29" x 19" x 9"


Miranda Oakley